All About Diarrhea
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All About Diarrhea

Diarrhea a subject that most adults won't talk about in polite company and a word that instantly sends small children in to fits of uncontrollable giggling. Weather you think it is not polite to talk about diarrhea or not we have all had it, and most of us can say it was not a pleasant experience, It is not something most people are very comfortable discussing but it is also likely that they are things we will all likely experience again, so just for a short while lets talk about it shall we?

Diarrhea a subject that most adults won't talk about in polite company and a word that instantly sends small children in to fits of uncontrollable giggling.  Weather you think it is not polite to talk about diarrhea or not we have all had it, and most of us can say it was not a pleasant experience, It is not something most people are very comfortable discussing but it is also likely that they are things we will all likely experience again, so just for a short while lets talk about it shall we?

Why Do We Get Diarrhea?

The answer is actually quite simple diarrhea is caused by a couple of things; one being too much water in your poop.  How do you get too much water in your poop?  Well it happens when the poo moves through your large intestine too quickly.  This can be caused by the particular type of food you eat or it can be caused by germs.  Eating foods that are high in water content, or high in fiber can cause someone to have diarrhea, but also foods that are not cooked properly, or are not longer good.  If they are not sent back out of the stomach immediately the body will likely want to get rid of them quickly and move them out of your body quickly causing diarrhea.  In many ways diarrhea is your bodies way of quickly getting rid of things that can harm your body. 

While diarrah for the most part is not that harmful, it can be uncomfortable.  Excessive diahrea however can be very dangerous.  As it is likely not only taking away bad things your body does not need but also nutrients your body does need.  It can also be very dehydrating which can be very harmful ot the body.  Diarrha can be accute or chronic.  Of course if it is chronic you will need to be under a doctors care. 

When Is Diarrhea a Serious Problem?

In most cases diarrhea will go away on its own with in a day or maybe two.  If however it continues for several days or is accompanied by a fever (over 101), moderate or severe abdominal pain or tenderness, blood (if not menstruating), dehydration or, vomit you should consult a physician right away.  Also pregnant women should consult a doctor if they are having diarrhea for more than 12 hours or it is coming too frequently.  Obviously if you certain diseases such as chrones or colitis if you are having diarrhea you need to contact you doctor right away. 

Also if you have recently finished taking antibiotics and diarhrea is not subsiding you should call your doctor.  Also if you have been to a foreign country and are experiencing excessive diarrhea you should call your doctor as you might have some bacteria in your system. 

Treatment

As stated above if your diarrhea is combined with an of the above contact your doctor.  There are many over the counter products that can treat diarrhea. Make sure you are taking in plenty of fluids in order to rehydrate yourself.  If you have tried one of these and the diarrhea persists or lasts more than 48 hours call your doctor. 

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very informative....thank you.

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